Homegrown Brenden Aaronson scores for Philadelphia Union in MLS debut

Talk about seizing an opportunity.

With Marco Fabian suspended after picking up a red card last week, 18-year-old playmaking midfielder Brenden Aaronson scored in his MLS debut to give the Philadelphia Union an early second-half lead in their game at Atlanta United in Week 3.

Ezequiel Barco later equalized for Atlanta with a 70th-minute header, while Aaronson made way for Ilsinho four minutes later.

Two minutes after the break, Aaronson unleashed a shot from just beyond that the 18-yard box that left goalkeeper Brad Guzan flat-footed as it buzzed past him into the net. The shot appeared to take a slight deflection off defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, but it was unclear from initial replays how much that may have affected Guzan's read of the shot.

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Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin has spoken publicly about the potential of Aaronson, who signed a Homegrown Player last September and last year made 18 appearances for Bethlehem Steel, Philly's USL side.


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